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Nourishing Broccoli Herb Soup

Nourishing Broccoli Herb Soup

Broccoli_Herb_MainWhen it comes to budget-friendly meals, nothing comes close to a pot of soup. And if you read my recent post on how to fortify your real food grocery budget then you know I’m also a fan of using herbs to cheaply boost the nutritional content of your favorite meal… and soup is no exception.

It’s easy to toss a few herbs into a pot of Chicken Nettle or Butternut Thyme – two of my favorite soups. But recently I’ve been tempted to see how many herbs I can sneak into a pot of soup without affecting the flavor. With five little ones under the age of seven I need a soup that’s nutritionally rich but with a crowd-pleasing flavor.

I’ve found the trick is to pair the herbs with a food that has a strong flavor of its own.

And that’s where broccoli is king.


The amount of herbs I’m able to use in this delicious broccoli herb soup is astounding. The first time I made it my older four kids chugged down three bowls each without even breathing hard. Consequently this soup is now a common visitor to my monthly menu plan.

If you’re trying to find yummy ways to incorporate more herbs into your diet then this soup is for you.

This recipe includes four cheap herbs that pack a nutritional punch: parsley, watercress, nettle and alfalfa. But I promise you won’t even know they’re there.


If you choose to use bone broth instead of basic chicken broth you’ll find this soup is a great support for a strong and healthy immune system. And this time of year with cold and flu bugs galore, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to have a yummy satisfying meal that contributes to better health? It’s a win-win!


Broccoli Herb Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
172 calories
11 g
26 g
10 g
11 g
5 g
413 g
986 g
3 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 26mg
Sodium 986mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 T. olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 quarts of chicken or bone broth
  4. 8 cups fresh or frozen broccoli
  5. 1 t. real salt
  6. 1 garlic clove
  7. 1 c. fresh parsley, chopped
  8. 1 c. watercress, chopped
  9. 1/3 c. dried nettle (or 2/3 cup fresh if you have it)
  10. 1 T. dried alfalfa
  11. dash cayenne pepper
  12. 1 c. half & half (optional)
  13. 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  1. 1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender.
  2. 2. Add to the pot bone broth, broccoli, salt and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer gently until broccoli is tender.
  3. 3. Reduce heat and add parsley, watercress, nettle, alfalfa and cayenne.
  4. 4. Allow soup to sit, covered, over low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Remove pot from heat and using an immersion blender, gently puree soup until desired consistency is reached.
  6. 6. If your budget allows, add half and half and cheese, stirring gently. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!
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